Spinet (Fr. épinette; Ger. Spinett, Querflügel; It. spinetta, spinettone, spinettina, cembalo traverso)
- Edwin M. Ripin
- and Lance Whitehead
A small keyboard instrument with a plucking mechanism, a smaller variety of harpsichord, almost invariably with one keyboard and a single set of strings and jacks. The precise application of the term is as much debated as that of Virginal and for many of the same reasons. ‘Spinetta’ was the original 15th- and 16th-century Italian term for the square virginal, possibly derived from the name of its inventor, Giovanni Spinetti, whose instrument of ...